|December 31, 2022

VEGETABLE BIRYANI: A SUBSTITUTE OF CHICKEN BIRYANI FOR VEGETARIANS!

A timeless and evergreen culinary classic, Biryani is one dish that needs no introduction. India offers a wide variety of food on its culinary platter, which changes from state to state. However, the one dish Indians unanimously love indulging in everywhere is the mouth-watering Biryani in both its forms, i.e., vegetable biriyani and non-vegetarian biriyani. 

With local (and even hyperlocal!) variants having evolved into distinctive styles of biryanis, a foodie is often spoilt for choice when it comes to experiencing this finger-licking pot of flavors. Biryani's delicious and mouth-watering blend of flavors, spices, and aromas is commonly considered the zenith of Indian cuisine.

Origin of Biryani

There are various theories related to the origin of this delicious dish. The word "Biryani" originates from the Persian word "Birian," which means "fried before cooking," and "Birinj" which is the Persian word for rice. It's generally believed that Biryani originated from Persia and was brought to India by the Mughals. It was further tweaked, fine-tuned, and further developed in the Mughal royal kitchens.

How did Vegetable Biriyani originate?

Biryani was initially conceived as a non-vegetarian mutton delicacy, so even now, the perceived notion is that biriyani = mutton/chicken. Very little is spoken about vegetable biryani, as much public attention goes to the default non-vegetarian ones. 

But then, a very sizable population enjoys cooking, eating, and serving vegetable biryani. 

Undoubtedly, non-vegetarian and vegetable biriyanis are exceptionally tasty, textured, and delicious in their unique ways.

From everything we mentioned above, you can clearly understand how vegetable biryani has been derived and fine-tuned continuously from the original mutton/chicken biryani. 

It is generally said that the Mughals originally introduced biriyani to a predominantly vegetarian India. And as authentic Indian cuisines, till that point, were mainly composed of vegetables, spices, herbs, and other ingredients, with time, the entire process of cooking biryani evolved and began to be influenced by various Indian geographies. Consequently, vegetable biryani became one of the popular derivatives of the original biryani dish.

What's the difference between Vegetable Biryani and Non-vegetable Biryani?

Vegetable Biryani is an Indian rice dish cooked with lots of vegetables like bell peppers, peas, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, etc., prepared in spicy rice garnished with turmeric, garam masala, and other warm spices. Its preparation style and methods are almost identical to the original mutton or chicken biryani. The only difference here is that this Biryani is created with various vegetables, whereas the main ingredients in non-veg Biryani are mostly meat, chicken, and beef. 

For biryani lovers who are vegetarians, vegetable biryani is one of their all-time favorites!

Vegetable biryani takes less time to cook as compared to non-vegetarian Biryani. 

Non-vegetarian Biryani takes a long time to prepare. The meat gets marinated in yogurt with other spices before cooking. Then, they must be prepared separately before layering the meat, chicken, or beef with spices and rice. 

VEGETABLE BIRYANI: A SUBSTITUTE OF CHICKEN BIRYANI FOR VEGETARIANS!

Very little is spoken about Vegetable Biryani, as much public attention goes to the default non-vegetarian ones. In this article, you'll learn how vegetable biryani has been derived and fine-tuned continuously from the original mutton/chicken biryani.
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Recipe for Vegetable Biryani

  • Prep Time - 20 minutes
  • Cook Time - 30 minutes

 Ingredients

  • 5 cups - Water 
  • 1 cup - Rice
  • 1 medium sized - Onion 
  • Green Peas  1 cup - Green Peas
  • 1 cup - Carrot
  • 1 cup - Potato
  • 75g - Cauliflower (Florets)
  • 100g - Curd
  • 3 tbsp - Oil
  • 1/4 cup - Coriander Leaves
  • 1/4 cup - Mint Leaves
  • 50g - Veg Biryani Masala

Method

  • Wash the rice thoroughly. Soak it for 15 min and then drain.
  • Now, boil some water, add 1 tbsp oil, and cook the rice till it becomes thoroughly cooked.
  • Take some curd & a whole packet of Veg Biryani Masala (50g). Keep mixing it till it becomes a soft paste.
  • Now, in a large frying pan, heat the remaining oil. Add onions and sauté them until they turn golden brown. Add the curd and biryani mix paste, chopped vegetables & water into this, and cook for 20-25 min.
  • Place the vegetables in a heavy-bottomed casserole/pan and add the rice, sprinkle coriander, min, and cook on low heat for around 9 to 10 minutes.
  • Mix some curd with Alcoeats Pudina Chutney in a bowl to prepare the Raita.
  • Garnish the veg biriyani with fried onions and serve hot with cold mint Raita.

Wrapping it up…

By now, it's pretty apparent that, more often than not, vegetable biryani is looked down upon with disdain, as most people claim that there's nothing called "Veg Biryani", and actual, authentic Biryani should have meat in it.

While it can't be concluded as to how accurate that claim is, we need to be aware that a delicious Vegetable Biryani is very much possible, which is very different from a veg pulao.

Pulao can be considered a short-cut one-pot meal made as a quick dinner item.

 On the other hand, Biryani takes time and is usually prepared for special occasions. It's a multi-step process, takes time, and is something people would only make for a weekday dinner.

FAQs on Vegetable Biryani Recipe

Are veg pulao and veg Biryani the same?

The main difference between Biryani and pulao is the method of preparation. Biryani is usually made by the 'draining method' of cooking, whereas pulao is made through the 'absorption method.' Also, Biryani uses more spices during preparation when compared to pulao, and because of this, it gives the Biryani a more decadent aroma and texture.

Is vegetable biryani healthy?

It is generally said that vegetable biryani is the healthier option when compared to mutton/chicken biryani, as it contains less fat than meat-based biryanis.

The addition of vegetables like cauliflower makes vegetable biryani so healthy. It has less fat than meat-based biryanis, and the primary fats come from the oil in the casserole dish. Also, meat is a rich source of saturated fats.

Is veg biryani fattening?

A serving of Vegetable Biryani contains approximately 240 calories. Of these, around 55 calories are carbohydrates, 20 are proteins, and the remaining calories come from fat which is 161 calories.

Is Hyderabadi biryani veg or non-veg?

Hyderabadi Biryani (also known as Hyderabadi dum Biryani) is a style of Biryani from Hyderabad, India, made with basmati rice and meat (mostly mutton).

Can we eat veg biryani for dinner?

Generally, heavier food taken during dinner and cooked in oils will start harming the intestines and, consequently, the entire digestive system with time. The negative impact can be felt only after several years.

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